Charmed

Season 1 Episode 0

Pilot

10
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1998 on The WB
8.7
out of 10
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Pilot
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Phoebe returns to San Francisco after losing her job to live with her older sisters, Prue and Piper. During their first night together in their grandmother's house, Phoebe finds a book of witchcraft and recites an incantation that leaves the sisters with the powers they were destined to have.

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  • The pilot episode of Charmed grabbed me, hook, line, and sinker! Fabulous first episode.

    10
    I totally loved the pilot episode of Charmed. It was so neat seeing the sisters find that they had supernatural powers, and freak out about them! My favorite scene has gotta be when Piper freezes her boyfriend/warlock in the episode when he tries to stab her. The entire episode was so exciting. Prue quickly became my favorite because she was the leader, and so powerful. She made the sisters so strong. Also, she's such a great female role model. After seeing the pilot I watched Charmed for the first four seasons. In my opinion, the first two were the best, and the pilot was my all-time second favorite episode.moreless
  • Lori Wrong

    3.9
    The unaired pilot of Charmed never aired on TV so the only way you can see it is by downloading from various places on the internet. The most interesting thing about this pilot is that there is another actress playing Phoebe. I'm not a big fan of Alyssa (actually, I don't like her at all) but thank god the producers decided to re-cast as Lori Rom can't act to save her life.



    The episode has the exact same storyline as the normal pilot except for a couple of scenes involving different dialogue, plus the effects in this episode aren't brilliant.



    Lori Rom is absolutely awful as Phoebe. You see that she hasn't had much experience compared to Shannen and Holly and she expresses no emotion, despite the shocking predicament Phoebe and her sisters are put in. It's understandable that the producers wanted a different actress as the character of Phoebe is dragged down by Rom's performance. You get the impression that she just wasn't interested in the material. There's also a different actor playing Andy, instead of T.W. King we have Chris Boyd. He doesn't make much of an impression here and his performance seems slightly forced.



    As this was just a rough-cut version of the pilot never intended for public viewing, I didn't expect much from it. It's identical to Something Wicca This Way Comes except for the two new actors as Phoebe and Andy. Most people will probably want to watch this just because of that but it's hardly worth it.



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  • When free spirited Phoebe recites a magical spell, she awakens long dormant magical powers in herself and her two, more career orientated, sisters. Now they must learn to balance work and romance with magic and supernatural villains.moreless

    9.0
    The 1990's brought numerous supernatural-themed network television shows. This pilot illustrates why this series, with its original cast, managed to stand out in a crowded field. The chemistry with the sisters and other cast members, is amazing and the special effects and writing are both above average as well. This was not some cheesy, B- series or a simple action adventure series. It successfully combined supernatural adventure-themes with real life challenges (i.e. career and romance), third wave feminism and some moments that were sweet, if not really funny. The series started to go downhill fast, with the casting changes, but it was a really great series for awhile.moreless
  • Vintage Charmed!

    7.0
    Ignoring the ridiculousness that was the original casting of Phoebe (all personal antagonisms towards Alyssa Milano aside, she ruled with that character and the show would not have been anywhere near as successful or long running without her), this episode is a true example of Charmed at its best. As much as I love Paige, when it comes down to it Prue was an original Charmed One and the dynamic just changed when she left, in particular the unfortunate changes of Piper's role as the older sister - I think the show played a little too much on the concept of the oldest sibling being the caretaker and the one with all the responsibility, because first Prue and then Piper were constantly yo-yoing between being magic junkies and then rebelling against it altogether, with a lot of over-acted whining in between. And frankly, Prue could pull off the whiny act while it grated on my nerves with Piper, who I liked much more as the sweet, awkward middle sister who kept the peace.

    Anyway, this episode really launched into the whole sisterly relationship and family orientation of the show. The three actresses throw themselves into their characters with class and pinache - this is probably one of the few episodes where I really can't criticise their acting. Phoebe was spirited, funny and likeable as the young troublemaker, while Prue as the slightly uptight, good natured older sibling brought a different layer to the show. And Piper in particular defies stereotype, as a unique and really lovable character.

    The plot is simple but intriguing, and the magic vibe combined with an interesting taste of the San Francisco underground succeeded in creating a fascinating first chapter of the Charmed saga. I would definitely recommend it!moreless
  • Lori Rom Doesn't Fit The Part for Phoebe

    7.0
    I think many will agree that Lori Rom doesn't fit the part for Phoebe for many reasons. Only one reason I will say. She's very bad playing the part for Phoebe. As in, she's bad acting Phoebe. She's looks too old and unattractive to play Phoebe. Although, Alyssa Milano and Lori Rom are almost the same age, their appearance differs.



    I didn't care about who played Inspector Andy Trudeau though. I don't really care for Andy in the show. The plot of this episode is still similar to "Something Wicca This Way Comes" of the regular Charmed series, which was aired.



    I do recommend this episode if you liked Charmed since it's interesting if you compare it to "Something Wicca This Way Comes".moreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell (Season 1-3)

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Lori Rom

Lori Rom

Phoebe Halliwell

Chris Boyd

Chris Boyd

Inspector Andy Trudeau

Eric Scott Woods

Eric Scott Woods

Jeremy Burns

Guest Star

Jimmy Dineen

Jimmy Dineen

Detective Heater

Guest Star

Chris Flanders

Chris Flanders

Chef Moore

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • TRIVIA: Some of differences between this version and the aired version "Something Wicca This Way Comes" include -
      -recasting of Phoebe and Andy, as well as Heater being replaced by Morris. All dialogues between Andy and Heater/Morris were rewritten and all scenes involving them or Phoebe were reshot.
      -in the aired version, Jeremy is introduced when he tries to interview Andy. In the unaired version, Jeremy is introduced when Piper calls him, and his attempts to interview Andy are unsuccessful.
      -in the aired version, Andy buys Prue coffee while they are at the hospital. In the unaired version he doesn't, but we get a scene where Prue actually meets Phoebe at the hospital.
      -the teenagers Phoebe saves are skating in the unaired pilot and rollerblading in the aired version.
      -the scene in the drugstore, the one where Prue tells Roger she quits and the one in Phoebe's room are absent from the unaired version. However, the aired pilot doesn't feature the scene where Jeremy, before opening the door to the attic, projects himself inside as a snake with a human face.
      -the dialogue when Piper and Phoebe are playing with the spirit board is longer in the unaired version. Plus, in the aired version they eat popcorn while doing this, and in the unaired version, they drink wine.
      -in the aired version, the discussion between the sisters while going back to the Manor deals with how different their lives are now, while in the unaired version they talk about how they will live the same lives as before even now when they are witches.

    • TRIVIA: For the aired pilot, detective Heater was recast, renamed as detective Darryl Morris, and rewritten as a friend of Andy's, not just a mere partner. Jimmy Dineen, who portrayed detective Heater will later return in the episode "Thank You For Not Morphing" as a transformation ("the mailman") of one of the shapeshifters.

    • TRIVIA: The spell used in this episode is part of a ritual to kill Jeremy - "Your love will wither and depart, from my life and my heart, leave me be, Jeremy, and go away forever".

    • TRIVIA: The first spell used by Phoebe is - "Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, the oldest of gods are invoked here, the great gift of magic is sought, in this night and in this hour we call upon the ancient power, bring your powers to we sisters three, we want the power give us the power."

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the first spell ever used and it is performed by an unknown witch. It goes: "Ancient one of the earth so deep, master of moon and sun. I shield you in my Wiccan way, here in my circle round, asking you to protect this space, and offer your sun force down". In the Charmed paperback novel called "The Power Of Three" however, this witch was named Serena Fredrick. Events in this book and TV episode are basically the same.

    • TRIVIA: Lori Rom (the original Phoebe) left the show after the pilot episode because of religious beliefs and Alyssa Milano took over the role.

    • Phoebe said that there was something familiar about their cat, Kit - this is ironic since in season 5 they discover that Kit is actually their familiar and really a human.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Piper and Phoebe come out of the house and join Prue and Andy. Phoebe is holding Kit)
      Andy: Is this your cat?
      Phoebe: It is now.
      Andy: Seems familiar.

    • Prue: Piper, the girl has no vision, no sense of the future.
      Piper: I really think Phoebe's coming around.
      Prue: Well, as long as she doesn't come around here, I guess that's good news.

    • Prue (talking to Phoebe): You always used to push the pointer.

    • Phoebe: I forgot your question.
      Piper: I asked if Prue would have sex with someone other than herself this year.
      Phoebe: Oh, that's disgusting. Please say yes.

    • Piper: Don't tell me you put on a black conical hat and spent the night flying around the neighborhood on a broomstick.

    • Prue: Look. Don't you think you're overreacting? We are perfectly safe here.
      Piper: Don't say that. In horror movies, the person who says that is always the next to die.

    • Jeremy: You always were the tough one, weren't you Prue? You didn't even cry at your mommy's funeral.
      Prue: And I won't be crying at yours.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Piper asked whether anything happened when Phoebe read the incantation Phoebe said her head spun around and she "vomited split pea soup".
      This is an allusion to the 1973 film The Exorcist starring Linda Blair as a girl possessed by a demonic spirit.

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